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The Kind of Church Jesus’ Spirit Creates

Sermon from Acts 2:42-47 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus
Delivered on March 19, 2017

We look today at the kind of church Jesus’ Spirit creates. If you’re not a Christian, and you want to know what church is about, this will be a good intro. Maybe you’ve had bad experiences with the church—let me say this is a picture of what the church should be; and we are grieved when the church acts differently than what you’re about to hear. If you’re a Christian, this passage will provide you a good picture of what to pray for and work toward as church. Let’s read it together in verse 42… Continue reading

Repentance, Baptism, & the Promised Spirit

Sermon from Acts 2:37-41 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus
Delivered on March 12, 2017

The last two weeks we’ve looked at the events of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13). We’ve also looked at Peter explaining those events from the Prophets and the Psalms (Acts 2:14-36). Today we enter the results of Peter’s gospel preaching. Let’s pick it up at verse 37 and listen to the word of God. Continue reading

The Spirit as Proof & Blessing of Jesus’ Lordship

Sermon from Acts 2:22-36 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus
Delivered on March 5, 2017

Peter is still interpreting Pentecost through the lens of the Old Testament.[i] It lines up with Jesus’ own teaching back in Luke 24:44, “that everything written about [Jesus] in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” And here we have it: Peter has already used the Prophet Joel; now he turns to the Psalms just as Jesus taught him. Let’s hear what God says through Peter, and still says to us. Verse 22… Continue reading

The Promised Spirit Makes a Prophetic People

Sermon from Acts 2:1-21 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus
Delivered on February 26, 2017

Christianity confesses that the only true God is triune. There is one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today you’ll hear a lot about the Holy Spirit. We’ll especially talk about him filling the church for mission. Some have called him the “Forgotten God.” In one sense, that’s part of his primary duty, though. He comes to shine the spotlight not on himself but on the Son, Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Replacing Judas & God’s Prevailing Word

Sermon from Acts 1:15-26 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus, Part 3
Delivered on February 12, 2017

15In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18(Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. Continue reading

Prayer & the Purpose of God in Acts

Sermon from Acts 1:12-14 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus, Part 2
Delivered on February 5, 2017

Our focus will be verses 12-14. In particular I want to look at prayer from verse 14. What does verse 14 teach us about prayer and the purpose of God? Let’s hear the word of the Lord starting in verse 12… Continue reading

The Acts of the Risen Jesus

Sermon from Acts 1:1-11 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus, Part 1
Delivered on January 29, 2017

Most of us have watched a thunderstorm approach over the horizon. The dark clouds mount, the sun’s light fades, the lightning flashes, and we begin to count…one, two, three, four, five, six…and then Boom! The sky shakes. The thunder rumbles by, leaving us awestruck by God’s power. We know that lightning makes thunder inevitable. The Gospel of Luke is like the lightning flash. Continue reading